Digital Product Architect

ASU Prep Academy Digital - Remote - Full time

POSITION SUMMARY:

Are you ready to join a world class innovation team that is changing the landscape of education? Inspired and led by ASU’s charter, the ASU Prep Digital (ASUPD) Product Team’s goal is to build learning experiences that significantly improve student performance and provide access to educational pathways that enable a better life. The learning platform and full suite of next-generation courses on the ASUPD roadmap will leverage adaptive technologies to meet students where they are with fully personalized learning and individualized pacing. Additionally, these products will feature entirely custom experiential learning environments that are built leveraging the most engaging and immersive technologies to design a discovery-based, learner outcome-centered, approach. Drawing from ASU’s culture of innovation, the ASU Prep Digital Product team is creating the future of learning.

We are looking for an adaptive, creative thinker who is well-versed in designing elementary content to join our growing product development team. This role will design, innovate, and support in the development of ASU’s elementary line of next generation of learning products for ASU Prep Digital and ASU Preparatory Academy, specifically the Learning Cloud product suite. Serving as the expert in content, standards, assessments, innovation, and storyboarding, the Architect will lead from a whole product knowledge base. Additionally, this role will be responsible for onboarding and securing the team to design and develop courses.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Educational Technology, Instructional Design or related field, Masters preferred
  • Three (3) years minimum experience in mapping and developing digital courses for K-5, with an increased responsibility and knowledge of infrastructure, content, and storyboarding experience
  • Three (3) years minimum experience as an educator in specified subject area and grade level
  • Valid Teaching Certificate in subject area, any state acceptable
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Construct scope and sequence with appropriate vertical articulation for a K-5 digital course
  • Align curriculum pathways across various state crosswalks
  • Construct and outline lessons and assessments aligned with state standards with a focus on Discovery Learning and Universal Design Learning
  • Provide leadership and facilitate collaboration with support staff, instructional personnel, executive leadership, and external clients in the areas of curriculum innovation, data analysis and organization-wide training to ensure a general understanding across the organization of curriculum content and the pedagogies at the center of the product line
  • Oversee product management which includes managing course catalog and ensuring courses are appropriately created, maintained, and retired in the school management system; keep stakeholders abreast of which courses are being updated and released, and provide answers to questions from their customers
  • Manage the subject matter expert model, including gathering input after course releases, analyzing data, and providing solutions to course challenges
  • Architect the creation of curriculum products to include overall delivery of course aligned to state and national standards, research, pedagogical strategies, formative and summative assessments
  • Provide training, direction, and leadership to subject matter experts, curriculum specialists, and content writers
  • Negotiate contracts with professional writing specialists in a variety of subject areas
  • Design and implement successful planning, development, and delivery of professional development activities related to curriculum programs and initiatives
  • Oversee development of content and assessments that meet state and national standards while using sound and accepted curriculum pedagogical practices
  • Responsible for oversight, quality, and exceptional execution of a product that is differentiated and personalized to meet the needs of all learners
  • Outline course content to reflect inclusivity and align with DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) principles
  • Collaborate with other Curriculum Management and Instructional department team members to seek out and design innovative work for students
  • Review product data; make recommendations regarding revisions; research new and innovative curriculum practices to incorporate into new and revised courses; recommend new projects to be developed
  • Review externally produced content and resources to ensure all internal and external standards are met; work with vendors and curriculum partners to write, design, and/or compile required content
  • Maintain up-to-date information about curricular trends and standards by maintaining professional memberships, attending conferences, and maintaining regular communication with the ADE (Arizona Department of Education); prepare presentations as needed to educate others in the organization regarding new digital product trends
  • Develop and evaluate standard operating procedures and implement changes as required; maintain updated library of standard operating procedures for the department
  • Manage, control, direct, and supervise assigned direct reports, including general leadership, planning, organizing, and reviewing
  • Meet professional obligations through efficient work habits such as, meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating resources and meetings in an effective and timely manner, and demonstrating respect for others
  • Improve systems and procedures and initiate corrective actions
  • Assign projects and assist staff to ensure compliance and accuracy
  • Additional duties may be assigned as necessary

(These essential functions are not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job related duties as required.)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to articulate idea, represent professional demeanor, and take initiative
  • Skilled problem solver
  • Ability to conceptualize progress and protect that vision through the design process
  • Skilled at being adaptive and nimble
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Knowledge of subject matter, pedagogy, and digital curriculum design
  • Experience creating Scope and Sequences
  • Strong understanding of progression models and vertical articulation of the content area
  • Experience with Backwards Design, Universal Design for Learning, and 504/508 guidelines
  • Experience with DEI principles
  • Experience with Project-Based and/or Problem-Based Learning
  • Experience applying instruction to digital curriculum design
  • Experience with implementation of copyright standards
  • Outstanding organizational abilities, in particular, the capacity to manage several different work-streams at one time and proactivity to drive programs forward and to coordinate the involvement of all the relevant stakeholders
  • Excellent oral communications skills and ability to distil complex information into clear messages that will resonate with various audiences, as well as strong written communication skills
  • Experience managing sensitive reputational issues and/or crises
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and talk or hear and sometimes walk and sit. The employee must use hands, arms and fingers to input data, handle, feel, or reach. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally push or lift up to 50 lbs. such as boxes, supplies, etc. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material, and the ability to adjust focus, close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

LOCATION: Digital, Remote

TRAVEL: Occasional travel may be required for site visits, meetings, trainings, and/or conferences. Locations may vary and may require overnight stays.

This job description is subject to change at any time.

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Curriculum Design

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ASU Prep Academy Digital

Higher Ed/School ASU Preparatory Digital Academy, sponsored by Arizona State University is an innovative K-12 virtual school.
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